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Nov 19, 2012 6:00am PST
countries. >> some human rights activists called the visit premature, but obama said they should take the opportunity to encourage what he called the better impulses in the country. >>> israeli leaders are being bombarded with international calls for a ceasefire even as their military forces bombard more targets in gaza. the fighting started nearly a week ago. the israelis are going after the islamist group hamas in retaliation for attacks on their towns and cities. they're considering a ground offensive. israeli military forces are using fighter jets and warships to pound gaza. leaders say they're trying to prevent hamas from firing rockets into israel. the consequences have been deadly. one air strike caused a residential building to collapse. 11 people died including women and children. the six-day offensive has killed more than 90 people. a survey by a leading newspaper says 84% of israeli respondents back the military campaign but only 30% say they would support a ground operation. u.n. secretary general ban ki moon wants to avoid that outcome. he's repeated his call for an immediate
KCSMMHZ
Nov 16, 2012 6:00am PST
. >>> president obama will visit thailand, myanmar, and cambodia on his first overseas trip since winning re-election earlier this month. myanmar is the destination that's making some observers unhappen pip. human rights say it's just too soon and the country's small steps towards democracy don't yet deserve a visit from the president of the united states. obama's national security adviser tom donilon defended the trip. he says it will advance the cause of reform in myanmar. >> the president's visit this time reflects his conviction that engagement is the best way to encourage burmese authorities to further action. >> human rights groups oppose the visit. they say the former pariah state has not achieved true democratic reform and ethnic minorities continue to face persecution. obama will meet his counterpart thein sein. donilon stressed obama will raise the issue of violence with myanmar's leaders. a week of violence last month claimed about 90 lives according to the official account. more than 100,000 people have been displaced. the white house says the improving u.s. relationship with mya
KCSMMHZ
Nov 20, 2012 6:00am PST
here at the east asia summit, obama hopes to advance that agenda. >> now, what role did the u.s. play in the south china sea issue? and what is its agenda there? >> right. the philippines and vietnam are two asean countries in direct confrontation with china over the south china sea. they want legally binding rules to resolve the disputes. in the summit meeting, obama sided with them by calling for the quick creation of a code of conduct. but china remains cautious about that. asean nations need to work together for the sake of their economic goals. they also need peacef fuful relations with china, which, after all, is is the world's second largest economy. balancing that with their competing territorial claims is the big challenge for asean. obama is arguing that with support from the united states they could help achieve that balance. going forward, the u.s. will likely strengthen its partnership with asean to try and counter the rise of china. >> thank you very much, indeed. that was nhk world's matthew field. now, competition between the u.s. and china isn't limited to political i
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